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Special Issue on “Emerging Digital Transformations for Smart Cities”

The future will witness a transformation in the global demographics, as large number of population will shift towards living in the cities. This will be fueled by better opportunities and prospects, in particular for the younger generation, and in particular for countries of emerging economies. Currently, almost all aspects of daily activities are undergoing digital transformations, e.g., transportation systems, power grids, health care, environment monitoring, and control of home appliances. Such digital transformations offer a wide range of opportunities for technological innovations for future smart cities, involving both the development of supporting technologies as well as applications of these technologies. The integration of smart cities with digital transformation is crucial given the global dynamics and societal challenges, that includes climate change, as well as rise in population that is leading to diminishing resources. This transformation is centered in information and communication technology, in which information transferred is being the major driver for society evolution since the beginning of the Internet. A key driver towards this transformation is the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) to the various vertical applications that surrounds all global citizens.

The scope of the Special Issue on “Emerging Digital Transformations for Smart Cities” encompasses progresses in emerging digitization technologies that could benefit future societies to tackle global challenges.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following subject categories:

  • New paradigms of communication technologies, including nano and molecular communications, as well as Internet of Nano Things and Internet of Bio-Nano Things
  • Communications for disaster management
  • Intelligent transportation systems, including vehicular-to-vehicular and vehicular to infrastructure communications
  • Digital integration in smart grids
  • Environment monitoring for pollution control
  • Emerging data storage technologies, e.g., DNA storage
  • Digital integration for future Connected Health, including technologies for monitoring and treatment of rare and emerging diseases


Important Dates:

  • Manuscript submission: February 2019
  • Acceptance notification: June 2019
  • Final manuscript due:  July  2019  
  • Publication date: November 2019


Guest Editors

  • Michael Barros, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Ireland (mbarros@tssg.org)
  • Poompat Saengudomlert, Bangkok University, Thailand (poompat.s@bu.ac.th)
  • Gregorio Martinez, University of Murcia, Spain (gregorio@um.es)
  • Yonggang Wen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (ygwen@ntu.edu.sg)
  • Xin Zhou, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (zhouxin@ntu.edu.sg)
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